Xenophobia : Nigerians Should Leave South Africa Says S/F Govt.

The Nigerians leaving in South Africa, Sunday said they have not been ask by the South African Government to leave the country.
A source told Malizumedia that the situation in South Africa is a bit calm.

According to him, ” We are monitoring the situation over here right now the police have taken control of the situation, we have also asked the Nigerians who have businesses there to close their business places for now.

“We cannot confirm exactly what’s on now except that police are dispersing a group of people who gathered earlier. No problems at the moment but police are everywhere around the area. The situation has improved.

Some angry residents attack houses of immigrants in Johannesburg.

Meanwhile, The Nigerian Mission in South Africa has said that over 400 Nigerians have indicated interest and registered to be evacuated from South Africa following recent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and their businesses.

“The Government of South Africa has not asked Nigerians to leave their country, it is the locals who are asking all foreigners to leave.

The Nigeria Consul General in Johannesburg, Godwin Adama, said this in an interview with our reporter through telephone in Abuja on Sunday.

Air Peace has made offer to airlift those who are willing to return home from the sequel to the attacks on Nigerians and their businesses by South African.

The Nigerian High Commissioner to South Africa, Kabiru Bala also said that Nigerians had responded positively in good numbers.
We have more than enough for that aircraft. Over 400 Nigerians already registered. More are still coming,” he said.

Bala said that the missions were equally responding to the needs of those willing to return especially those who had issues with their documents.
”We are documenting them. Those without travel documents, we shall provide them with Emergency Travel Certificates.
”There are other governmental procedures that we must observe. Relevant agencies of government in Nigeria must be informed and must be ready to receive the returnees.

”’ The Consulate is sorting out the issue of documents. Nigerians are been registered and issued with the necessary travel documents to enable them to make the trip to Lagos.

He also commended the gesture of the Management of Air Peace for offering to airlift Nigerians back home.

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